Call & Post Editorial:Sabra Pierce Scott deserves a second chance
Editorial Staff | 7/30/2014, 10:27 a.m.
Everyone deserves a second chance, including former Cleveland City Councilperson Sabra Pierce Scott who back in 2011 pled guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery involving a federal fund.
But, not everyone feels that way.
Some are in an uproar since Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s recent decision to appoint Scott to the position of Deputy Program Manager for the Public Utilities Department. Some think she should be given a second chance but not on the taxpayer’s dime. Some also think there are others who are just as – if not more – qualified for the position and have not betrayed public trust, and that they should be given a first chance.
Well, regardless of what anyone thinks, the mayor has every right to hire whomever he sees fit for the position and he chose Scott – someone he knows and trusts can do the job. Plus, no matter how much folk complain about it, she’ll be there until she quits. Because this is a civil service position, she cannot be fired at will by Jackson or future administrations.
Why should she be given the opportunity to hold a public position that pays about $55,000/year in addition to benefits after taking a $2000 bribe and soliciting a job for her son, you may ask? Well, given her personal challenges, we’re sure she could use some work.
Let’s also keep in mind that she didn’t waste taxpayer dollars by dragging her indictment through lengthy court proceedings.
Instead, she took her punishment like a big girl. Scott resigned from city council, pled guilty, paid her restitution and served her sentence: three years of probation and eight months of house arrest.
We shouldn’t crucify the woman because she made a mistake.
Also, history has proven that trust can always be restored. People can and do change. Former Cleveland Mayor Jane Campbell as well as the constituents of Ward 10 gave Jeffery Johnson a second chance and he’s done well so far.
We’re certain Scott will too.